INTERVIEW

Given the current trend of politics, a crisis seems imminent

The Nepal Congress and the CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed to announce the election dates for local level elections in the next Cabinet meeting, taking into account the constitutional requirement that local, provincial, and federal level elections must be held by 21 January 2018.

Feb 20 2017

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We embrace Hindutwa as the backbone of the Nepali polity

Two rightist forces—the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party—merged on November 22 to become the RPP.

Feb 13 2017

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Transitional justice should also address root causes of the conflict

The two-year mandate of the two transitional justice bodies formed to investigate insurgency-era cases will expire at the end of the week.

Feb 06 2017

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We should aim to consume power domestically rather than export it

Energy Minister Janardan Sharma has been the talk of town lately because of his initiation to reform the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and free the Capital from load shedding, while minimising power outages throughout the country.

Jan 30 2017

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Nepali nationality has not been well defined even after 250 years

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the first Madhes movement, a three-week long mass demonstration in the plains that, together with the second uprising, contributed to establishing Nepal as a federal democratic republic.

Jan 23 2017

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Longer the delay in spending available funds, harder it will be to secure new funds

Last Wednesday, the government sacked Sushil Gyewali as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) after it found the two clarifications he furnished about delays in post-earthquake rebuilding works unsatisfactory.

Jan 16 2017

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Local bodies won’t be sustainable if they cannot generate revenue

Ten months after its formation, the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC) has finally submitted its report to the prime minister on Friday.

Jan 09 2017

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Parliament should be allowed to exercise its sovereign right

Amid strong opposition from the main opposition CPN-UML and some other parties, the government is all set to table the constitution amendment bill in Parliament.

SARIN GHIMIRE, SHASHWAT ACHARYAJan 02 2017

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Certain issues in diplomatic practice require sensitive handling

Nepal’s handling of diplomacy has come under criticism, most recently after the concurrent visits last week of the Chinese and the Mongolian delegates.

Dec 26 2016

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It’s extremely difficult to stabilise Nepal without managing geopolitics properly

Little progress has been made on the constitution amendment bill that the government registered in Parliament Secretariat on November 29 and that it plans to table for parliamentary deliberations today, a move the CPN-UML has already threatened to block.

Dec 19 2016

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Federalism is more suited to a country of such diversity like Nepal

The government recently tabled a constitution amendment bill in Parliament in an effort to make the constitution broadly acceptable, particularly to take into confidence the Madhesi Morcha,

Dec 12 2016

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